Strictly Come Dancing star Giovanni Pernice: Tour, age, girlfriend and more facts

27 October 2018, 16:13 | Updated: 27 October 2018, 16:21

Giovanni Pernice
Picture: BBC

By Tom Eames

Strictly Come Dancing is back for its 16th series in 2018!

Strictly Come Dancing 2018: Who's taking part?

Giovanni Pernice is one of the many returning professional dancers, and here is a handy guide to the talented star.

  1. Who is Giovanni Pernice?

    Giovanni is an Italian dancer and choreographer, and is the Italian Open Latin Dance Champion (for 2012) and the current Guinness World Record holder for Jive Kicks and Flicks, as well as Charleston Swivels. Swish.

    Born in Sicily, at the age of 14 he moved to Bologna to concentrate on a dance career. He chose to become a dancer after watching Come Dancing on TV.

    In 2015, he joined the cast of Strictly Come Dancing. He first partnered Georgia May Foote, finishing as a runner-up. In 2016, he came ninth with Laura Whitmore, and then finished as a runner-up again with Debbie McGee in 2017.

  2. Giovanni Pernice age: How old is he?

    Giovanni was born on September 5, 1990.

    He celebrates his 28th birthday in 2018.

  3. Giovanni Pernice wife: Is he single?

    Giovanni and Georgia
    Giovanni and Georgia May Foote. Picture: Getty

    Giovanni is reportedly dating Strictly celebrity Ashley Roberts, according to reports on October 25, 2018. However, they were not partnered with each other on the show.

    Before this, he split up with former TOWIE star Jess Wright earlier this year.

    In April 2018, The Sun confirmed that the pair had split after Giovanni "struggled" with Jess' popularity.

    Giovanni previously dated his former Strictly partner and Corrie star Georgia May Foote. However, just before the 2016 series a year later, the couple announced their split.

  4. Giovanni Pernice tour: Is he heading out on tour?

    He is!

    Giovanni will commence his 'Dance is Life' tour in February 2019.

    Find out the full dates and ticket details at his official website here.

Meet all the Strictly professional dancers:

- AJ Pritchard
- Alijaz Skorjanec
- Amy Dowden
- Anton du Beke
- Dianne Buswell
- Giovanni Pernice
- Gorka Marquez
- Graziano di Prima
- Janette Manrara
- Johannes Radebe
- Karen Clifton
- Katya Jones
- Kevin Clifton
- Luba Mushtuk
- Nadiya Bychkova
- Neil Jones
- Oti Mabuse
- Pasha Kovalev